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Summary

  1. FT: Harlequins 32-13 Wasps
  2. Wasps miss chance to secure home semi
  3. Evans with 22 points for Quins in his home farewell
  4. FT: Newcastle 16-14 Worcester
  5. Takulua scores all of Newcastle's points

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By Alex Winter

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FT: Harlequins 32-13 Wasps; Newcastle 16-14 Worcester

Nick Evans
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What a night at The Stoop. A perfect send off for Nick Evans and now Harlequins travel to Northampton for a shootout for sixth place in the Premiership. Wasps could have their own winner-takes-all game against Saracens for a home semi-final. This was not a good night for them so close to the end of the season.

Newcastle enjoyed more success at Kingston Park and remain on course for their highest finish in the table since promotion three season's ago.

Three games for you tomorrow, Saracens will hope to keep their juggernaut moving at home to Bristol. Leicester will hope to take a firm hold of fourth place against Sale at Welford Road and in the feature game of the day, Exeter host Northampton with an eye on top spot.

'Outstanding home farewell for Evans'

FT: Harlequins 32-13 Wasps

No tears for a change, just relief we got the job done. What an outstanding end for Nick. I said before he’s a legend at Harlequins. He has an aura with which he goes about things. Too often you see world class players not doing the small things right but he absolutely does that for us. He’s given it everything and been at the heartbeat of our success over the years.

John KingstonHarlequins director of rugby

'Efficient Quins proved too good'

FT: Harlequins 32-13 Wasps

We didn't play well, we can't hide that fact. Quins were efficient in what they did. The penalty count got us in the second half and our kicking game was poor which cost us territory. The tackle area was chaos for us, we had no quick ball and we'll have to be more effective next week to play the attacking game we want.

Dai Young, Wasps director of rugby

Full-time

Newcastle 16-14 Worcester

In a game that failed to reach any great heights, it proved a dramatic finish.

Sonatane Takulua converted his own try three minutes from the end to seal victory. The scrum-half came up with every single one of Newcastle's 16 points!

Worcester's wasteful first-half efforts ultimately cost them.

Newcastle 16-14 Worcester

Sonatane Takulua, take a bow.

What a hugely important try for the hosts to level things up with five minutes remaining at Kingston Park. He brushes himself off and lands the conversion to kick Newcastle ahead!

He has scored every point for the hosts tonight.

Worcester were huge in defence, but were breached by that diving effort.

Full-time

Harlequins 32-13 Wasps

What a fine second half from Harlequins, continuing their dominance of the opening period but turning it into points for a big win that has given their Champions Cup hopes a huge boost. 

Nick Evans pulled the strings on his Stoop swansong with 22 points.

Wasps never really showed in the whole game, they now face a very tough final game at home to Saracens to try and secure a home semi-final.

Try (Marchant, con Evans)

Harlequins 32-13 Wasps

Game over. Dave Ward, the replacement Harlequins hooker, reads space at the side of a ruck on the Wasps 22, he pops a pass to Joe Marchant and the excellent centre round off his night with a walk-in under the posts.

Nick Evans' final act is to knock over a straightforward conversion. He leaves to a standing ovation.

Harlequins 25-13 Wasps

Can Wasps provide some late drama? Danny Cipriani dances over the gain line and James Haskell barges to within 10 yards of the line. 

But Mike Brown gets over the ball to force the turnover and roars his delight. That should seal the game

Kearnan Myall of Wasps
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Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 25-13 Wasps

Harlequins hammer away at the Wasps back line and Joe Marchant makes an excellent break. He's brought down just short of the line and in the scramble to keep him out, Joe Launchbury kills the ball and is sent to the sin-bin.

It's a penalty in the shadow of the posts and Nick Evans can back-heel this one over. Are Harlequins home here?

Newcastle 9-14 Worcester

Worcester are over again! They made it look so hard in the first-half, now they are just making it look good.

Wynand Olivier finishes off a fine move, which started with an outstanding break by Perry Humphreys.

The try is enough to edge Warriors ahead with 22 minute remaining and Ryan Mills adds the extras to nudge them further in front.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 22-13 Wasps

Nick Evans
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Willie Le Roux returns for Wasps and the visitors have managed the period a man down quite well, the points difference remaining the same.

But the first thing Le Roux does is go offside from a line-out with his fellow backs and that man Nick Evans again extends Harlequins' lead.

Try (Penalty, con Mills)

Newcastle 9-7 Worcester

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Worcester come up with a penalty try from a maul after 53 minutes. Finally, a breakthrough for the visitors.

Will Welch is sin-binned in the process for Newcastle and this match is suddenly alive as a contest as Ryan Mills converts!

Penalty (Gopperth)

Harlequins 19-13 Wasps

A silly penalty given away from Kyle Sinckler. Harlequins had the first penalty at the maul but Sinckler throws a white shirt to the ground after the whistle and Wayne Barnes reverses his decision.

Jimmy Gopperth goes for the line-out and another penalty gives the outside half a chance from just outside the 22 and he nudges Wasps back to within six.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 19-10 Wasps

A well-weighted chip over the midfield from Nick Evans presents a contest between Joe Marchant and Willie Le Roux. Marchant gets there first and Le Roux catches the Quins man in the air and receives a yellow-card.

It allows Evans to line up another shot at goal and he knocks over a fourth penalty. Wasps with problems now.

Newcastle 9-0 Worcester

Newcastle extend their lead with Sonatane Takulua slotting his third penalty of the night.

Worcester have made a slow start to this second half, having been the more industrious of the two sides before the break.

Kick-off

Newcastle 6-0 Worcester

Things are back up and running at Kingston Park.

Worcester may have nothing to show for the first 40 minutes, but they were on top for so long.

The visitors now have plenty to do if they are to turn things around.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 16-10 Wasps

Nick Evans
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Tim Visser again up the left touchline gets Harlequins on the front foot. Then Kyle Sinckler with a good carry towards the 22. Wasps knock-on and Quins - not for the first time tonight - have a great attacking scrum.

Not directly from the set-piece this time, but they are turned over again and Wasps can clear. But a high-tackle from the subsequent attack provides Evans with another chance from the tee and again he's on target from 30 yards out.

Try (Visser, con Evans)

Harlequins 13-10 Wasps

Kurtley Beale takes a huge chance, sprinting out of the line on half-way to go for the intercept - if he makes the catch he scores. But the pass just evades him, Chris Robshaw takes it, gallops forward and sends Tim Visser down the left wing to score.

It's a marvelous conversion by Nick Evans from the touchline.

Half-time

Newcastle 6-0 Worcester

Marco Mama of Worcester Warriors runs with the ball
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This is the picture of much of the first half - Worcester bodies running hard at Newcastle's defence.

However, the visitors have butchered a number of scoring chances.

In response, Newcastle have played it cool and have landed two penalties to lead.

Kick-off

Harlequins 6-10 Wasps

Back underway at The Stoop. You feel Wasps have much more to give in this game and resume with a narrow advantage.

Newcastle 6-0 Worcester

Hold the phone people! It is raining points at Kingston Park all of a sudden.

Well not really, but Sonatane Takulua does kick his second penalty for the hosts. It was pretty much identical to his first just moments ago.

And there is just four minutes of the first half remaining now. 

Newcastle 3-0 Worcester

After 32 minutes we have our first points in the North East as Sonatane Takulua lands the simplest of penalties for Newcastle.

That kick came after the hosts chose to kick for the corner moment earlier. And it must be said it came against the run of play after Worcester dominated the first half hour at Kingston Park. 

We really started to wonder when the points were going to come...

Half-time

Harlequins 6-10 Wasps

All the rugby has been played by Harlequins but they find themselves behind at the break thanks to Dan Robson's try.

Quins have had their chances - three times they have butchered set-pieces five-yards out - and Wasps have capitalised on one loose kick-chase to run in the only score of the game.

Wasps booking a home semi-final as things stand.

Dan Robson
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Penalty (Gopperth)

Harlequins 6-10 Wasps

A late hit from Kyle Sinckler on Jimmy Gopperth results in a Wasps penalty bang in front of the posts but a good 42 yards out.

No bother though for Gopperth who drills Wasps back into a four-point lead.

Missed penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 6-7 Wasps

Nick Evans releases Harlequins up the right wing with Joe Marchant and then Mat Luamanu making yards. The scrambling Wasps defence is penalised and Evans lines up another kick at goal.

This is Evans' toughest chance so far tonight, 10 yards or so in from the touchline and he pulls it wide.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 6-7 Wasps

Kearnan Myall penalised for a high tackle in front of the posts and from 35 yards out, Nick Evans strokes the kick through the posts with a gentle draw.

Harlequins 3-7 Wasps

Harlequins back into the Wasps 22 from a penalty but for the second time tonight, they can't set up the rolling maul and this time get bundled into touch. But Wasps make a mess of their own maul and Quins have a scrum 6 yards out.

But again, a good opportunity goes begging with a poor scrum and Wasps can clear. Quins have had some chances so far but little to show for it.

Charlie Matthews of Harlequins wins a kick off
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Newcastle 0-0 Worcester

The waiting game continues at Kingston Park, where there have been 17 scoreless minutes.

As previously mentioned, Worcester have been knocking hard on the door.

The latest chance to be wasted by the visitors was a knock on from Perry Humphreys just short of the line.

Close. Oh, so very close.

Try (Robson, con Gopperth)

Harlequins 3-7 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth claims a high ball on his 10-yard line and steps around Kyle Sinckler, suddenly he has grass to run into and lines up Mike Brown, pops a pass inside to Dan Robson and despite a last-ditch tackle, touches down.

No mistake from Gopperth for the extras and despite all the ball and territory, Harlequins are behind and have Danny Care limping off too so on comes Karl Dickson for his final appearance at The Stoop.

Harlequins 3-0 Wasps

Joe Marchant runs hard at his opposite number Elliot Daly, then a few phases later pops up on the right wing to dance to within 10 yards of the Wasps line. But the final offload that would have put Marland Yarde in doesn't find the man.

Newcastle 0-0 Worcester

Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors
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With seven minutes played, the first big chance is created by Worcester.

Bryce Heem with a run to the right corner, but he is bundled into touch just short.

The visitors applying all sorts of pressure, but no score at Kingston Park.

Harlequins 3-0 Wasps

Just not quite accurate enough from Wasps so far. Willie Le Roux drops a high ball under no pressure at all and Harlequins have the ball back in the opposition half.  

Quins create a potential overlap on the left with Mike Brown in space but two passes from a run-in, Chris Robshaw knocks-on.

Mike Brown
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Championship play-offs

Ealing v Yorkshire

While attention is fixed on the Premiership action tonight, it is also worth noting that the play-offs for promotion to the top-flight also begin this evening.

Ealing Trailfinders host Yorkshire Carnegie in the first leg of their semi-final, kicking off at 19:45 BST.

London Irish, relegated fro the top flight last season, travel to Doncaster for the first leg of their semi on Sunday.

To make the whole thing a little bit curious, neither Doncaster nor Ealing will accept promotion if they were to win the play-offs this term.

So, a two horse race in a four horse field then...

Kick-off

Newcastle 0-0 Worcester

And we are now under way at Kingston Park.

The equation for Newcastle at home tonight is simple - win at all costs to keep alive faint hopes of a sixth-placed finish.

However, even a defeat with results elsewhere going their way could mean the Falcons maintain aspirations of finishing as high as seventh and cling to the chance of navigating a back route into the European champions Cup vie a play-off.

Currently ninth, they are eight points behind the last automatic spot in sixth.

As for Worcester, well they are chasing a first away league win in 13 months.

A dead rubber, this is not!

Missed penalty (Gopperth)

Harlequins 3-0 Wasps

First attack from Wasps and Willie Le Roux skips away from one tackle. Chris Robsaw dives around the side of the ruck thinking the ball was out - it wasn't.

But Jimmy Gopperth pulls the penalty attempt wide from 35 yards out.

Penalty (Evans)

Harlequins 3-0 Wasps

Here's what Quins will miss - the slickest of hands from Nick Evans releases Mike Brown down the left wing. 

Wasps go offside at the ruck and Evans nudges to the corner. A second penalty comes from the line-out and this time Evans aims for the posts and makes no mistake.

Team news: Worcester

Newcastle v Worcester (20:00 BST)

Now for team news for the visitors up in the North East tonight.

Ryan Mills captains Worcester in the absence of the rested Donncha O'Callaghan as Warriors make four changes, headlined by the return of Bryce Heem after suspension.

Lock Chris Vui comes in, with Dewald Potgieter recalled in the back row, while Wynand Olivier replaces Jackson Willison (hamstring) at centre and Gloucester-bound loosehead prop Val Rapava Ruskin returns for Ryan Bower. 

Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Heem, Olivier, Te'o, Humphreys; Mills (capt), Hougaard; Rapava Ruskin, Taufete'e, Alo, Vui, Spencer, Potgieter, Lewis, Mama.

Replacements: Singleton, Bower, Milasinovich, Barry, Faosiliva, Baldwin, Lamb, Vuna.

Team news: Newcastle

Newcastle v Worcester (20:00 BST)

Sonatane Takulua
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Let's split our attentions now as kick-off nears at Kingston Park.

Newcastle Falcons make five changes for the visit of Worcester Warriors, with Tonga scrum-half Sonatane Takulua the one addition to the back division. 

For their final home game of the regular season, Scottish pair Scott Lawson and Jon Welsh return to the Newcastle front row, while Sean Robinson comes in at lock and Callum Chick is added to the back row.  

Newcastle: Watson; Goneva, C Harris, Socino, Sinoti; Hodgson, Takulua; Vickers, Lawson, Welsh, Green, Robinson, M Wilson, Welch (capt), Chick.

Replacements: Cooper, B Harris, S Wilson, Fonua, Witty, Egerton, Willis, Tait.

Harlequins 0-0 Wasps

Lively start with three turnovers already. Joe Marchant made a smart break for Quins and Kyle Sinckler has been heavily involved but an error just outside the Wasps 22 gives the visitors the chance to get out of their half for the first time.

Kick-off

Harlequins 0-0 Wasps

An emotional ovation for fly-half Nick Evans as he leads Harlequins out for the final time at The Stoop, he gets the game underway with the hosts playing towards rugby HQ in the first-half. 

Nick Evans
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